Submissions

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Agbowo welcomes submissions all year round in the genres listed below. Include in the subject of the email, the genre of your submission and then the title. Please attach your social media handles as well so we can tag you upon publication. Do not send more than one submission at once. Please wait until you have received a response before you submit again. Allow us at least four (4) weeks from your date of submission to decide on your submission. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to pay our contributors.

POETRY

We accept poems of any length. You can send us up to three poems at a time. We are looking for poems from poets of African origin that move us, that might make us laugh or cry, or teach us something new.

We like both free verse and traditional forms—we try to publish a representative mix of what we receive. If you notice a style or subject matter that we don’t seem to be publishing, send us that!

Please send your poetry submissions to poetry@agbowo.org

These poems should be in either Microsoft Word or PDF formats and must be previously unpublished on any platform. Each poem should be titled and every poem should begin on a new page. We prefer you use a Times New Roman font with a 1.5 spacing. Please, be kind enough to mail us if your submission has been accepted by another journal.

Also, attach to the mail a picture of yourself and a bio less than 100 words.

Please attach your social media handles as well so we can tag you upon publication.

We look forward to reading your works.

PROSE

We welcome a maximum of three (3) submissions per person, which may be fiction or non-fiction.

Works submitted should not have been previously published except on personal blogs and websites.

Please send your prose submissions to prose@agbowo.org

A maximum word count of 500 is required for flash-fiction, but for other entries, the maximum word count is 7000.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome but we will appreciate an email to notify us when your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. All entries are to be submitted in doc and docx format with NAME, 100-word BIO and an optional picture. Please attach your social media handles as well so we can tag you upon publication.

ESSAYS

Essays may explore a wide variety of themes. Everything and anything is allowed. We, however, are on a particular lookout for essays with roots wholly or partly lodged within the context of Africa, either through subjects under focus or case studies. We are also keen on ideas which are plucked outside the box and, if possible, without the box in sight. We give premium to uncommon topics, approaches and styles.

Furthermore:

  • Essays must be written in the English language. Broken English is also acceptable.
  • Essays should be no longer than 2000 words and no less than 750.
  • Essays should be previously unpublished; and if previously published, this should be duly noted in the body of the email.
  • Submissions should be in an electronic form and attached as Microsoft Word documents.
  • Write “Essay Submission” and the title of your piece in the subject line of your email.
  • Include a cover letter with the author’s name, email address, telephone number and biography ranging between 100 and 200 words
  • A clear photograph of the author should also be attached.
  • Plagiarism is not condoned. All quotes should be duly acknowledged.
  • Please attach your social media handles as well so we can tag you upon publication.
  • Please send your essay submissions to essays@agbowo.org

 

VISUAL ARTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY 

This platform encourages artists to contribute to the ever-growing archive of artistic ideas of our time. Artworks can be on any number of subjects, just as long as the theme helps portray the culture in a unique yet relatable manner. In other words, the more idealistic and daring, the preference we give. We hope to assist your creative journey by preserving your works and showcasing them on our site.

All drawing mediums and styles are welcome. Art can be drawings, painting, graphic art and sometimes photography.

We just ask that your works be submitted via pdf or jpeg files to the listed email with an attached document describing the thought process for the work, inspiration and how it’s going to change the world.

Please send your visual arts and photography submissions to visualarts@agbowo.org

Please attach your social media handles as well so we can tag you upon publication.

INTERVIEWS AND REVIEWS

We welcome interview submissions typically between 1500 – 7500 words. Interviews may be related to literary and arts or any subjects that seek to enlighten the public about certain issues or fields. If you will be submitting short interviews, kindly note this in the submission subject. We, however, give preference to detailed interviews. We do not republish interviews that have first been featured on other platforms. However, we allow you to recall your submission if it has been accepted somewhere else.

In your submission, include the following

  1. Bio of the interviewer, including picture;
  2. Bio of the interviewee, including picture;
  3. Pictures from the interview and pictures that buttresses the interview, if there are any.
  4. Subject and reason for the interview;
  5. Please attach your social media handles as well so we can tag you upon publication.
  6. Please send your interview submissions to interviews@agbowo.org

Submissions should be shared in a .doc file.

For reviews, they should be double-spaced and be no more than 1500 words. Reviews of recent books are given a high preference.